Sunday, January 29, 2012

George Maharis - Sings! (1962)

I love celebrity vocals. And I love my George Maharis albums! In case you are not familiar with him, he starred in the TV series "Route 66" along with Martin Milner. George was a singer before he became an actor, and switched to acting due to overuse of his vocal chords. As it seemed to be the thing to do back in the day, he recorded several albums while he was a popular TV star. I found this album in the HPB bargain bin and was very excited and surprised that the 5x7 b&w "autographed" picture of George was still in the record sleeve! (The picture is just a b&w version of the album cover.) All the songs are familiar pop standards, and I like all of them, but I really like his jazzy version of "Route 66". As the liner notes sum up:
George Maharis' interpretations of the ballads in this album reflect the highly creative and individual nature of a young actor who is seeking, and finding, new means of self-expression.

Track listing for George Maharis - Sings!:

Side 1:
1. I Want to Be Wanted
2. It's All in the Game
3. I'll Never Smile Again
4. Moon River
5. Can't Help Falling in Love
6. Hurt

Side 2:
1. Teach Me Tonight
2. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
3. (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66!
4. My Kind of Girl
5. Witchcraft
6. After the Lights Go Down Low


DonHo57 said...

Geoge was seemingly an exception ad not the rule when it came to TV actors who tried to sing, because he really could. I have this and his album 'Just Turn Me Loose', I found recently in a salvage shop, and enjoy them both. Thanks for providing this for us!

Karl Gibson said...

Your blog is a blast, Esther! I'm a '70s kid and it's really amazing just looking at the album covers here. Kudos-this is amazing!

Esther said...

Thanks, DonHo57! I agree - George really could sing! (And he was pleasing on the eyes, too!) Thanks for visiting!

Thanks, Karl, for your kind words! I'm glad you like looking at the covers! That's the best part!


Tanktop said...

Album covers rule!:)))
George can sing - that's in the books. Unlike his twin brother, Tony Danza:))
Thanks, Esther